February 17, 2021

My brothers and Sisters today we are starting the ashes Wednesday. When we start the holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we have to keep in mind the importance of the ashes we have received: We lament and do penance for our sins. We again change our hearts to the Lord, who suffered, died, and rose, for our salvation. Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. The Church has used ashes to sign the starting of the penitential season of Lent when we memorize our mortality and grieve for our sins. The ashes are a sign of penance and reconciliation. The Christian employ of ashes is rooted in the Jewish custom of sprinkling ashes on the head as a symbol of repentance. In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday.

Let us pray to our Lord to open up our hearts and mind to understand the meaning of Lent and to journey at this Lent time with the repentance heart and mind to be with Christ.

Fr. Kaleab Eman